The Nation: What's in a Name?...

American politics once belonged exclusively to the Mayflower Mafia — men with names like Washington, Franklin and Hamilton. But over the past half-century, Capitol Hill has been successfully overrun by ethnics and immigrants of every flag and stripe. So much so that it becomes harder every year to pronounce the names of Senators and Representatives. Taking note of that fact, Congressional Quarterly last week published its own phonetic guide to the hardest names on the hill.

The guide runs from James Abourezk, (Ab-urr-esk), Democratic Senator from South Dakota, to John Zwach (rhymes with clock),...

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